Definition of Mass noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//mæs//
    ; NAmE NAmE//mæs//
    Religious ceremonies
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  1. 1 (also mass) [uncountable, countable] (especially in the Roman Catholic Church) a ceremony held in memory of the last meal that Christ had with his disciples to go to Mass a priest celebrating/saying Mass see also Eucharist, communion See related entries: Religious ceremonies
  2. 2 [countable] a piece of music that is written for the prayers, etc. of this ceremony Bach’s Mass in B minor
  3. Word OriginOld English mæsse, from ecclesiastical Latin missa, from Latin miss- ‘dismissed’, from mittere, perhaps from the last words of the service, Ite, missa est ‘Go, it is the dismissal’.
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